Linda Gottwald

An Animal Rights Activist and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

About Linda Gottwald

Linda Gottwald, DNP, has had a diverse career as a journalist, nurse practitioner, educator, and advocate for animals. Currently the Executive Director of Pine Cone Farm, a non-profit animal shelter in Michigan, she has worked for over a decade to improve conditions for homeless pets. The recipient of wide recognition for her work on behalf of animals, Linda Gottwald has been honored with the Albert Schweitzer Award for Community Service due to her contributions to the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society.

In addition to her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Rush University Medical Center, Linda Gottwald holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Nursing at Northwestern Michigan College, where she supervises community mental health rotations for nursing students. Dr. Gottwald began her career in nursing as a Registered Nurse in an Atlanta emergency room, and she spent more than 10 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Florida.

As a freelance journalist, Linda Gottwald has excelled. She is the recipient of a Kaiser Fellowship for health reporting, and her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and many other publications.

A longtime advocate for animals, Dr. Gottwald supports The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Outside of her work in animal advocacy, nursing education, and writing, she enjoys swimming, water skiing, and hiking near her home in northern Michigan. Linda Gottwald is currently at work on a book based on her work with abandoned animals, Once Upon A Shelter.

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